In Other Packing News: Your Essential Shopping List For Firefly Festival

One of the best parts about summer is taking your favorite playlists (and a good set of mini speakers) outside. But you know what’s even better? Enjoying that music live during an awesome outdoor fest. No, this isn't a very early notice to get your tickets for Coachella next year — there's a way-cool festival happening right here in our own backyard next month.
We're talking about the inaugural Firefly Festival, which goes down in Dover, DE, the weekend of July 20. This brand-new Mid Atlantic musical experience hosts an impressive roster of acts, and is spread out over three days — that's right, three days. Headliners include The Killers, The Black Keys, and Jack White, plus tons of other favorites like Death Cab for Cutie, Cold War Kids, Lupe Fiasco, Cults, and many, many more. There’s no question about whether or not you should go — you should. Once you score the $218 ticket to get you into three days' worth of shows, the only thing that'll be up in the air is what to pack. (Well, that, and the festival's hot air balloon rides.) Click through to see our list of must-haves for your first trip to Firefly.
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Breezy shorts are a must — they're easy to pack and even easier to wear.

Clover Canyon Printed Crepe de Chine Shorts, $185, available at Net-a-Porter.
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Don’t wory about drying out in the hot sun: The fairgrounds will be sprinkled with free water refill stations. Bring your own water bottle to avoid waiting in line to buy one.

SIGG Traveler Dark Blue Water Bottle, $24.99, available at SIGG.
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Why wear the same boring Wayfarers as every other concertgoer, when there are sunnies as cool as these on offer?

Westward Leaning No. 2 Louisiana Purchase Sunglasses, $165, available at Westward Leaning.
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A sturdy sandal is essential when you're going to be on your feet all day (and into the night).

We Who See Cali Flatform Sandal, $69, available at Urban Outfitters.
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You'll capture more frame-worthy moments if your camera is easily accessible. This cool, vintage-inspired strap makes it easier to point and shoot.

Photojojo Tokyo Dreamer Strap, $20, available at Photojojo.
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Local artists will be onsite to provide a non-musical attraction: customized TOMS painting. Come prepared with your own pair and let a creative genius go to work on them.

TOMS Natural Canvas Classics, $44, available at TOMS.
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For three days of hopping from show to show, you need a purse big enough to carry the essentials, but small enough not to cramp your style. Plus, the pop of bright pink doesn't hurt.

Cleobella Cantina Large Bag, $209, available at Shopbop.
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Three words: East. Coast. Summer. Keep as cool as you can in a crochet mini dress.

Free People Fitted With Daisies Dress, $128, available at Free People.
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A cropped top is a go-to option for a summer music fest. We like how this one offers some coverage while helping you keep cool.

ASOS Cropped Top With Wrap Detail, $19.88, available at ASOS.
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Don’t miss out on the hot air balloon rides during the festival — bring binoculars so you can still see the shows from up high. (These also prove useful when you’re stuck wayyyyy in the back of the crowd.)

Nikon 7x50 Action Binoculars, $86.84, available at Optics Planet.
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72 hours of nonstop music means a whole lot of scheduling — time to be on time.

La Mer Tobacco Washed Gold Square Case Triple Wrap Watch, $92, available at La Mer.
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They don’t call the venue The Woodlands for nothing, so bring your bug protection of choice.

Off! Familycare Smooth & Dry Insect Repellant, $5.55, available at Soap.com.
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